The protesting cops raised slogans praising Puducherry Lt Governor of Kiran Bedi, who had been very popular when she served as an IPS officer in Delhi
New Delhi: On Tuesday Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik was met by defiance by his own force as hundreds of protesting police shouted slogans that he act like Kiran Bedi in dealing with the assault by lawyers on the men in Khaki.
‘Police commissioner Kaisa ho, Kiran Bedi jaisa ho’ chants rang the air outside the Delhi Police Headquarters at ITO in central Delhi as Patnaik asked the protesting cops to have patience and maintain peace and order.
On Saturday this act of open insubordination is a rare sight in the police force and has been driven by what cops say is the need to remind their senior officers to stand united after the clash with lawyers at the Tis Hazari court.
#Delhi Police protesting Police personnels are not ready to go back to work even after @CPDelhi speaks to them. They demand his resignation. Infact now their new slogan is – हमारा सीपी कैसा हो…किरन बेदी जैसा हो। @thekiranbedi. https://t.co/m0QatH05vN pic.twitter.com/y3IEgY9hJq
— Kirandeep (@raydeep) November 5, 2019
Till Tuesday police chief had not commented on the ongoing row, was forced to come out and address the protesters after they refused to go back to duty till the commissioner himself came and gave assurances of tough action.
Chants of “we want justice” that the protesters were shouting continued even after Patnaik came out to meet them and top officers repeatedly had to beg for silence and order so the police chief could speak.
After the top cop said that the police force should remain disciplined and a judicial inquiry has been ordered, the agitators again started to shout slogans, bringing out the Kiran Bedi one this time around.
In August 1982 Kiran Bedi was DCP in Delhi, sub-inspector Nirmal Singh towed an Ambassador car belonging to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s office because it was wrongly parked at Connaught Place. Kiran Bedi is said to have fully supported Nirmal Singh.
The protesting cops raised slogans praising Puducherry Lt Governor of Kiran Bedi, who had been very popular when she was served as an IPS officer in Delhi.
The Delhi cops raised the slogan ‘Police commissioner kaisa ho, Kiran Bedi jaisa ho (What should the police commissioner be like? He should be like Kiran Bedi).”
We Want The SuperCop @thekiranbedi Back. #LawyersVsDelhiPolice #DelhiPolice #LawyersNotAboveLaw #WeWantKiranBedi pic.twitter.com/RGwXeX2HpW
— अभिषेक मिश्रा (@iamviyogi) November 5, 2019
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has submitted a report to the Union Home Ministry on the violence that broke out between lawyers and cops at the Tis Hazari Court Complex on Saturday. At least 20 security personnel and several advocates were injured in the clashes.
The Home Ministry official told that it is a factual report in which the Delhi Police has given details of the circumstances leading to Saturday’s incident and the action taken after it.
The official said, “It does not cover what happened, including an incident in which a video shows a group of lawyers purportedly assaulting a policeman outside the Saket court,”.
On Tuesday, hundreds of police personnel gathered in protest outside the police headquarters in ITO, Delhi.
Protestors holding placards said “We are human in police uniforms” and “Protectors Need Protection”, the protesting police personnel gathered outside the police headquarters and urged their seniors to stand with them to save the honor of the uniform.
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